Summer part 2

We had Summer part 1 in the first week of June and during the last two or three days we have been basking in the low twenties with clear skies

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We are clearing the grass from the field, this years all-way lodging on top of last years thatch, as part of the plan to increase diversity there

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Next year we plan to process the hay in a more organised way but for now a lot of the cut grass is going straight into the pig pens

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soaking up mud and providing luxurious lying down opportunities. Last night Bert decided to bivvy outdoors

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Soon we will be wet and windy

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The moon is turning

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and next time round we won’t be looking for summer. Fruits are getting ready

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and there is much excitement about the potential aubergine harvest

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Last night, as the sun went down

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we ate rabbit stew, following lamping night and the disappearance of the Rabbit That Wanted To Be A Pet. Today we are cheered to see the population is not extinct

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Nibbling at the Margins

The neighbour’s field was stripped for silage but the machines could not reach the edges so now it contains things which can

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and now as the sun goes down on Gribin Isaf tonight

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we ponder on the mystery of Chard. We have been mesmerised by Chard in the past and now we have our own. All we want to do is stare at it:

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We would not dream of eating the Chard – but other things are available

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Brutus’ new toy

Brutus gets easily bored

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Playing football by himself is not much fun. He likes talking to Bert next door

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but Bert likes to mainly lie down during the day

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Brutus is very keen on his food and wants to grow up quickly so today we venture across the border to bring him some new entertainment

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from now on, when Brutus asks “Am I big enough yet?” we can help him find an answer.

The Rabbit Who Wanted To Be A Pet

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made a mistake in trying to be wild last night.

Neighbour. Quadbike. Headlights. Gun. Sack

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Dinner.

We need more sun. Fruits are straining for that radiation.

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Gleanings

Maybe not quite gleaning but the neighbouring field, having been cut for silage, is turned over to all available livestock to make use of the bits the machinery could not reach

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although in some cases our woodland seems even more attractive

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The same neighbour gifts us this

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in exchange for watering his newly lambed ewes earlier in the year.

The Rabbit That Wants To Be A Pet is surrounded by opportunities for lush grazing but tries to ingratiate herself by tidying up the drive

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Mark well your ducks

Our duck flock is now back to where it was before the UPS carnage, after a couple of hatchings producing mainly drakes. So now is the time to make sure we know who is who

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so they can queue for a drink in colour order

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The young Robin is equally askance at changes in his colour, as red creeps upon him

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Other colours on the plot today include…

Harebell Blue:
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Wild Raspberry Red:
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Rudbekia Gold:
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Rowan Orange:
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Meanwhile, earlier today, sheep moved in to utilise what the harvest could not reach

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and now the first of our nightly visitors comes by
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Harvest

As we harvest tonight’s dinner…

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We reflect on two days of frantic activity in the neighbouring field, as the weather gave a chance to get the grass in:

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We take a more leisurely approach:

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Brutus enjoys the new cut grass

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Bert can take it or leave it

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Meanwhile, the Rabbit that wants to be a Pet strikes its latest come hither pose

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and then decides to visit the ducks and offer fence chewing skills to their escape plans

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they are not interested

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so she decides to visit the wood shed

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Holes

Early this morning a strange craft lurks behind the woodpile

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and sends forth snaking tubes

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to suck dry a hole in the ground

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Meanwhile a tail protrudes from another hole

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taken out for closer examination – why did it die there?

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As the progressive hay making continues

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blades need peening

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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